People are laughing at Alan Dershowitz, for many reasons. A member of President Trumpís legal defense team for the impeachment trial, on CNN's "State of the Union" he said he will be arguing in the Senate that abuse of power and obstruction of Congress do not amount to impeachable offenses, even if proven.
Dershowitz said he will, in his oral arguments at the trial, contend that the House can only impeach a president who has committed "criminal-like" conduct ó not political charges such as abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Responding, on ABC's "This Week", House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said that Dershowitz's argument is an "absurdist position" that someone would only make if the facts of the case were not on their side.
Representative Jason Crow, who along with Schiff is one of the seven impeachment managers, argued on CNN that if a president canít be indicted and abuse of power not impeachable, then "no president can be held accountable."
Jeffrey Toobin, a former federal prosecutor and CNN's lead legal analyst, said Dershowitz is making an argument against witness testimony in the impeachment trial;
"Alan is saying, and you correct me if I am wrong, is that even if everything that the Democrats allege is true, thereís still no impeachable offense here, and so that means there is no need for witnesses, is that right?" Toobin asked.
"Well, that is partly right," Dershowitz responded. "I mean, if a person is indicted on something that not a crime, you donít call the witnesses."
Dershowitz added that well aired, republican talking point when he said, "the House has the ability to go back to call witnesses, and reframe the articles of impeachment in order to set out impeachable offenses."
And that is the fictional narrative that is supposed to clear the President of the United States of serious wrongdoing?
Clearly, Alan Dershowitz is evidently aggressive or absurd when the facts are not on his side, and that is understandable. For example, Alan Dershowitz was a member of Epsteinís legal team that helped broker an unusual non-prosecution agreement, which had kept Epstein out of jail since 2007. It took a Florida judge to rule that federal prosecutors had violated the law, to take away Epstein's immunity from prosecution.
Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in New York on July 6, 2019, and faced federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. On August 10, 2019, he died in jail, under mysterious circumstances.
Alan's former client, Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty to solociting a minor for prostitution, made underage girls like Virginia Roberts available for sex to politically connected and financially powerful people.
In a sworn affidavit, Virginia Roberts claimed that she had sex with Alan Dershowitz six times at Epstein's residences. Alan Dershowitz vehemently denies her allegations.
Dershowitz admits to having received a massage at Epstein's mansion, in the following terms; "I kept my underwear on during the massage. I don't like massages, particularly."
It sounds like an absurdist defense, don't you think?
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